20 national winners made it among over 2 000 entries and got the honour to present their Sling menus to our international expert jury. 20 were to become 10, but the high level of skill among the contestants made it impossible to choose less than 12.

“We’ve sipped quite a few Slings in our days, but this year’s contestants have really raised the bar for what the legendary Singapore Sling can be. The new Sling menus and the skill, craftsmanship and creativity that was poured into each Sling blew us away. Watch out – these 12 will be dictating tomorrow’s cocktail culture.” – Adéle Robberstad, CEO, Peter F. Heering.

The jury has now reached a cocktail verdict. We proudly present you with the names behind the 12 best Sling menus competing in the final in NYC September 22nd. Cheers!

Country    Name    Bar/Restaurant

Australia Matthias Aso Sydney Hilton (Zeta Bar)

France Jeremy Lafrance Le Calbar

Great Britain Francesco Lombardi Rivington Grill Shoreditch

China Hungie Fong Origin India

Guru Prashanth High Ultra Lounge

Ireland Richard Grimsey Classic Restaurant Limavady

Luxembourg Dawid Guzik Octans Spirited Bar

Netherlands Timo Janse Door 74

Sweden Christoffer Johansson Puta Madre

Taiwan Max Ciou Above Piano Bar

UAE Brendan Shorrock Peppercrab Grand Hyatt Dubai

USA Matthew Farley The Joy Luck

We’d also like to propose a toast to our global expert jury for the NYC finale

David Wondrich. Widely acclaimed drinks historian, drinks correspondent for Esquire magazine, author of highly influential Imbibe! and Punch, guest lecturer and founding partner in Beverage Alcohol Resource.

Julie Reiner. Cocktail icon and founder of internationally top ranking bars Flatiron Lounge, Pegu Club and Clover Club. Clover Club has been listed in Drinks International’s “The World’s 50 Best Bars” two years in a row. Julie was Awarded “Best Bar Mentor” at Tales of the Cocktail 2014.

Joaquín Simó. Multi-awarded mixologist and owner of Pouring Ribbons. Joaquín has served as panelist at Tales of the Cocktail, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, the Copenhagen Spirits & Cocktail Conference, Paris Cocktail Spirits and the Gourmet Latino Festival.

Toby Cecchini. Writer and bartender who graced Death & Company and Fort Defiance with his bartending skills before founding the widely acclaimed Long Island Bar in 2013. Toby has written Cosmopolitan: A Bartender’s Life as well as numerous articles for GQ, Food and Wine, Saveur and The New York Times .

Sam Ross. Bartender extraordinaire, consultant, multiple Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards nominee and 2011’s American Bartender of the year. After working closely with Sasha Petraske at Little Branch, Sam re-christened the influential Milk & Honey space as Attaboy in 2013 and continues Sasha’s legacy of classical techniques and craft cocktails.

Peter F. Heering also has had the unique honor to be purveyor to every royal court worthy of their name while possessing the proper style, class and breeding to socialize across the courts of the world. HEERING® has always been fashionable.

CHERRY HEERING liqueur is sold in more than 100 countries all over the world and is the essential ingredient in the world famous Singapore Sling and Blood and Sand cocktails. For more information about Peter F. Heering, please visit cherryheering Heering Singapore Sling



Now that it’s finally legal for Americans to travel to Cuba again, it seems like everyone is eyeballing plane fares to Havana. However, one bar in Scottsdale, Arizona, is offering a quicker trip: a Cuba-themed pop-up.
Held only two nights a week, Counter Intuitive may be the world’s quirkiest—and most ambitious—pop-up bar. Developed by restaurateur Peter Kasperski and helmed by bartender Jason Asher, the bar changes its theme and entire cocktail menu every quarter, not unlike the revolving themed iterations at Grant Achatz’s Next in Chicago. Cuba represents chapter two of Kasperski and Asher’s experiment. “Chapter 1” celebrated New Orleans; come October, “Chapter 3” will bring a graffiti’d Shanghai to the spot.
“The bone structure stays the same,” Asher explains, “but the blood that runs through the place—the artwork, the drinks—changes every four months.” And right now, that lifeblood is rum, and elaborate, rum-soaked cocktails that reference mid-century Cuba.
Specifically, the focus is on Cuba in 1962, centered around a trip that then-81-year-old artist Pablo Picasso was rumored to have taken to the country. The bar is set up for guests to soak in “what his senses experienced,” as interpreted through Cuban street food “from Cubanos to mafongo,” entertainment such as dice games, Cuban music, and a cigar patio, and of course, plenty of rum. Picasso fans will note plenty of Cubist-inspired artwork on the walls plus occasional references in the glass, as in the cheeky “Banana Cubed” cocktail.
Asher’s Walking Stick cocktail is made with equal parts rich Demerara rum from Guyana—Cuban rum, of course, is still hard to come by in the U.S.—and smoky mezcal. It seems like an unlikely pairing, but they “come together as a unified spirit,” Asher insists.
The drink also throws oblique glances at Negroni Week, which wrapped the first week of June, just prior to the launch of the Cuba menu, and April’s 100th anniversary of the Singapore Sling, by including key ingredients from each iconic cocktail: Campari and Cherry Heering, respectively. It’s all then tied together with lime and cinnamon-spiked syrup for a tropical vibe.
Even the name nods to rum, a distillate made from sugar cane. “After all, another name for cane is a walking stick,” Asher notes.

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